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Welcome to Frenchtown Walking Tours!

Each tour covers about half a mile and takes one or two hours depending on how much I remember that day.
Tours cost $15 each and you have to register at so I know to show up.
Tour Schedule for 2024
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. Bad Luck & Poor Choices
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. Uptown Tour
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. Downtown Tour (Benefit for Hunterdon County Historical Society, special high price of $20)
Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. Upper Cemetery Tour
Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. Lower Cemetery Tour
Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. Bad Luck & Poor Choices
Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. Uptown Tour

More tours will be scheduled for 2024 on through October.

--If you want to arrange a special group tour for four or more people, send me an email and we'll set it up.

--The tour is free for anyone 18 or younger. 

--Dogs are delightful creatures, especially yours, but please don't bring 'em.
--Gift cards are available.

For information about my book "Frenchtown; Fires, Floods, Fads, and Felonies"
please write to


"Don't get me started!"

Your guide

I came to Frenchtown in 1977 to become editor of the Delaware Valley News. If I'd known I'd be the official borough historian 44 years later, I'd have come here sooner and taken better notes. Lesson learned. 

                   -- Rick Epstein

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5 Ways to Savor Old Frenchtown

DOWNTOWN TOUR -- Great Fire of 1878, the rise of the Odd Fellows, the oldest house in town, the silent-movie theater, Senator Martin's alligators, the Queen of Bridge Street, how Frenchtown got its name, and more.

UPTOWN TOUR -- Doc Mullins' hospital, the doll-carriage factory, Frenchtown High School and the terrier who became mascot for two high schools, the Doughboy statue, the Barn Theater, a World War II love story, and more.

CEMETERY TOURS -- true stories about Frenchtown people buried there. 

Lower Cemetery Tour -- is mostly about people from the 1800s, like Civil War hero Capt. Slater, the prankish T. Powers Williams, and Charlie Slack, who hanged Jeff Davis in effigy.

Upper Cemetery Tour -- is mostly about people from the 1900s, like the murderous Amos Hart; Mary Moore, the stubbornest woman in town; Frank Barrett, who worked one day a year; and Clarence Doan, the unluckiest man in Frenchtown history.

BAD LUCK & POOR CHOICES TOUR -- the boiler explosion of 1879 and how George Hummer survived; the banker who was too smart for his own good (1926); death by lightning (1888); gunfire in the drug store (1939); why Aaron Burr never slept here (1806); and more.

Rick's Frenchtown history blog

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